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Vegetarian Entrees

My Healthy Journey: Finding Vegetarian Alternatives

I love a good steak as much as the next meat-eater, but changing to a healthier diet has also meant eating more vegetables than meat. Sometimes, that also means it’s a great idea to try eating vegetarian meals.

Rally has a challenge for just this, called Meatless Days. They ask you to “Skip meat for a day and explore tasty vegetarian protein sources such as tofu, beans, lentils, quinoa, and nuts. It’s good for you, easier on the budget, and eco-friendly too.”

When I went on vacation to Nashville, I’d tried eggplant for the first time. We’d gotten a free appetizer that was eggplant marinated in tomato sauce and other goodness. It was incredibly delicious.

Ever since, I’ve been wanting to learn to cook eggplant myself. This week, inspired by the eggplant recipes I ran on social media earlier in the month, and trying an official meatless day, I made Eggplant Parmesan for the first time.

As I’ve mentioned before, when I cook, I rarely follow recipes or measure things out. But, since I’ve never made this before, I did use this recipe for reference, however I made much less since I was dining for one.

I started by slicing my eggplant into thick slices, about a 1/4 of an inch. Then, I laid them out on a rack and salted them well and left them for 2 hours, to draw the excess water out.

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Once I’d dried off my eggplant, I set up three different bowls to bread the eggplant, one flour, one beaten eggs, and one breadcrumbs and parmesan. Dredge each piece in flour first, then dip in the eggs, then carefully coat in breadcrumb mixture.

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Lay the breaded eggplant out on a foil-covered cookie sheet in a single layer. Drizzle the tops of each piece lightly with olive oil and bake at 425°F for 15-20 minutes. After 8-10 minutes, flip all the pieces over so both sides get golden brown.

 

While the eggplant is cooking, make spaghetti following the directions on the box. (I used whole wheat organic spaghetti.)

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While these are both cooking, you can also start making your favorite tomato sauce recipe. Or if you’re like me and it’s a busy weeknight, you can use a jar of sauce.

I heated up just over half a jar of my favorite store-bought sauce on the stove. I added a dash of garlic powder, salt and pepper, a teaspoon of sugar, and 2 handfuls of sliced grape tomatoes. I let this stew together on the stovetop for 15-20 minutes, to begin to break down the fresh tomatoes.

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If you’re going to use fresh mozzarella, slice or grate it now. I chose to use store-bought, low-fat mozzarella which was already shredded, both to save time and calories.

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Pull your eggplant out of the oven and lower your oven temperature to 350°F. Spread a little bit of your tomato sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. Layer your eggplant slices on top of it. Top with more of your tomato sauce and your mozzarella and more parmesan.

If you’re making it for one, I used the rest of my tomato sauce and only made one layer. If you’re making a big batch, you will add more than one layer of eggplant, and so you should portion out your sauce and cheese accordingly. Bake for another 10-20 minutes until everything is warm, melted, and bubbly.

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Serve on top of your spaghetti. (I topped mine with a little extra pepper.)

I can honestly say this meal lived up to how delicious it looks. It is rich and so tasty, and packs a big serving of vegetables. Chicken parmesan has long been a family favorite, and I can honestly say that this is just as satisfying.

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Making healthy changes, like meatless days, doesn’t have to be a sacrifice! It just takes a little searching for a good recipe and being willing to try new things.

And you can make using Rally and tracking your goals even easier with their app, so you can check in anytime, anywhere.

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Brunch Recipes to Brunch in Style

Healthy Brunch Recipes

This week in food, we helped you enjoy a healthy version of everyone’s favorite weekend meal with brunch recipes you’ll love.

First up is a Crustless Caprese Quiche, which is rich and good for you.

Crustless Caprese Quiche

 

This Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette is perfect when you can’t decide between breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast Salad
Image and Recipe via A Spicy Perspective

 

Huevos Rancheros are a tasty and fresh Mexican take on your favorite breakfast skillets.

Huevos Rancheros – Skillet Eggs

 

Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole with Fruit Compote can be made ahead and feels like a treat.

Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole with Fruit Compote

 

These Red Pepper Baked Eggs are fun, fresh, and easy for your next brunch.

Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galettes from Jerusalem (the book)

 

Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones are perfect with your morning coffee or your afternoon tea.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones

 

These Ham and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas are made overnight to make for a lazy weekend brunch.

Breakfast Enchiladas
Image and Recipe via The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Beautiful Eggplant Recipes

Healthy Eggplant Recipes

This week, we featured delicious eggplant recipes to take advantage of in-season eggplants.

First up was the classic eggplant dip, Baba Ganoush.

Baba Ganoush
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

Try making this Coconut Curried Eggplant and Chickpea Soup for a rich and satisfying meal.

Coconut Curried Eggplant and Chickpea Soup
Image and Recipe via Bloglovin’

 

These Golden Eggplant Fries are a tasty alternative to your favorite French fries.

Golden Eggplant Fries

 

This Spicy Eggplant Balls with Minty Yogurt Wrap is a light take on the classic meatball sub.

Spicy Eggplant Balls with Minty Yogurt Wrap

 

Savory Eggplant Jerky is a sneaky healthy and delicious alternative to beef jerky.

Recipe: Savory Eggplant Jerky

 

This Thai Basil Eggplant is vegan and gluten-free and is perfect for an entrée or side.

Thai Basil Eggplant (vegan, gluten-free)

 

These mini Eggplant Pizzas are a great snack for all ages.

Eggplant pizza

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Healthy Cucumber Recipes

Healthy Cucumber Recipes

July is the best time of year to find juicy, fresh cucumbers, so we had ways for you to use them in healthy cucumber recipes each day this week.

First up is a refreshing Cucumber and Strawberry Poppyseed Salad that will make a perfect lunch.

Cucumber and Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
Image and Recipe via With Salt & Wit

 

This Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie is the perfect light summer snack or breakfast on a hot day.

Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie

 

This Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad is great dish to take along to summer BBQs and gatherings.

Tomato, cucumber, avocado salad

 

Try making Cucumber Hummus as an easy and tasty summer appetizer.

Cucumber Hummus

 

If you love pasta, these Cucumber Noodles with Garlic Shrimp will be the perfect healthy, summer dinner for you.

Cucumber Noodles with Garlic Shrimp
Image and Recipe via Mommyhood’s Diary

 

Cucumber Vegetable Maki Rolls are a fun and refreshing meal for lunch or dinner.

Cucumber vegetable maki rolls

 

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Summer Fresh Corn

Healthy Fresh Corn Recipes

July is the perfect time of year to eat sweet fresh corn with dinner, so we had great recipes to use it every day this week.

First up was a list from Buzzfeed of 15 different dips or toppings for your ear.

Roasted Corn with Chili Powder, Cotija Cheese, and Cilantro

 

These Chicken, Zucchini, and Fresh Corn Burgers are a healthy way to work corn into your meal.

Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers

 

This Mexican Street Corn Salad with Avocado is the perfect addition to your taco night.

Mexican Street Corn Salad
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

Summer Corn Soup is a great light lunch or dinner to use up your fresh ears.

Simple Summer Corn Soup

 

This Summer Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad also makes a great chunky salsa to share before dinner.

Summer Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad
Image and Recipe via Produce on Parade

 

This Southwest Quinoa and Grilled Corn Salad will be delicious hot or cold for barbeques or picnics.

Southwest Quinoa and Grilled Corn Salad

 

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Healthy Watermelon Recipes

Healthy Watermelon Recipes

For the week before the 4th of July, we featured healthy watermelon recipes while they’re in season.

Looking for an easy, healthy, and refreshing snack for the kids this weekend? Try these adorable Watermelon “Cupcakes”.

Watermelon Cupcakes

No Bake Watermelon Cupcakes

 

These Watermelon-Jalapeño Ice Pops are the perfect adult treat with a little kick for this 4th.

Watermelon-Jalapeño Ice Pops

 

This Watermelon Lemonade Sorbet is an easy but impressive dessert for your holiday parties.

Waterlemon Lemonade Sorbet
Image and Recipe via Scoop Adventures

 

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad is the perfect adult dish to enjoy on a summer evening.

Watermelon, Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Image and Recipe via Gourmande in the Kitchen

 

Make and pack this Watermelon Fruit Leather for a healthy snack for the kids at the fireworks.

Watermelon Fruit Leathers

 

These Watermelon Yogurt Pops are the perfect healthy treat to use up all your leftover watermelon this summer.

Watermelon Yogurt Pops

 

Looking for a savory way to enjoy your favorite fruit? Try this Watermelon and Haloumi Salad for a light dinner.

Watermelon and Haloumi Salad

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Healthy Wraps and Portable Lunches

Healthy Wraps

This week in food, we featured a light lunch option that doesn’t feel like you’re grazing, healthy wraps.

First up for Meatless Monday was a Quinoa Wrap with Black Beans, Feta, and Avocado.

Connection Recipe: Quinoa Wrap with Black Beans, Feta and Avocado

 

This Turkey Avocado Wrap is quick and easy, and just 135 calories for lunch on-the-go.

Chicken, Fish and Bison-Oh My!

 

This Curried Pork Salad Wrap on flatbread is more interesting than chicken salad, but still easy, portable, and filling.

Curried Pork Salad Wrap

 

Really want to cut carbs? These Poppy Seed Chicken Fruit Salad Lettuce Wraps are like a light and refreshing, portable salad.

Poppy Seed Chicken Fruit Salad Lettuce Wraps

 

This White Bean Wrap is so easy, you don’t even have to cook. Just mix and spread for lunch anytime.

White Bean Wrap Recipe

 

Lobster Wraps with Lemon Mayonnaise are a lightened version of the New England sandwich classic that will make any picnic more sophisticated.

Lobster Wraps with Lemon Mayonnaise

 

These Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Ginger Garlic Sauce have all your takeout favorites, even noodles, so you won’t even miss the bread.

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Ginger Garlic Sauce

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